SEER Rating – Your Key to Reducing Cooling Costs

If you plan to replace your air conditioner and you want to reduce your cooling costs, it is important to understand what a SEER rating is. It can be the key to greater savings on your home’s cooling bills. What Is a SEER Rating? Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a rating that is used to determine how energy-efficient your air conditioner. When comparing various cooling units, you will see the SEER rating displayed on their affixed yellow EnergyGuide labels, just as you would see an AFUE rating on a furnace’s label. A SEER rating is calculated using two numbers. The first is the unit’s cooling output measured in BTUs when operating on a typically hot day. The second is the total electricity required to power the unit under the same conditions. The SEER is the ratio of cooling in BTUs to the energy consumed in watt-hours. What SEER Number Should You Look For? When it comes to SEER numbers, air conditioners, and heat pumps with higher numbers are more energy-efficient than those with lower numbers. Requirements by the federal government set the lowest allowable SEER number at 13. Some high-efficiency units have been given a 26 SEER provided they...

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